Taste of the Island in Wilton Manors: Like a Roman Banquet

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A little park in Wilton Manors is hosting a feast fit for a king -- maybe several or dozens of kings. For the fourth-annual "Taste of the Island" evening, 48 restaurants and drinking establishments are setting up stalls and offering samples of their food and beverages at the Richardson Historic Park and Nature Preserve (1937 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors).

Rosie's and Georgie's Alibi are taking part along with the Naked Grape Wine Bar, Bravo Gourmet Sandwiches, Cookies by Design, Gold Coast Coffee, and too many more to list. Bacardi will be there making mojitos. Once you've paid your admission of $35 at the door (or $30 in advance), there's no limit to how much you can scarf down and guzzle.

When ancient Rome threw decadent banquets on this scale, Roman philosopher Seneca explained the procedure: "One [slave] wipes up the spittle; another, situated beneath [the table], collects the leavings of the drunks." Caesar was reportedly fond of ritually vomiting after an ample dinner.

At the park, don't let it come to that. The feast is from 6 to 9 p.m. November 2. Call 954-565-1445, or click here.

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